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David Wood has been called by the London Times "the national children's dramatist." Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, Mr. Wood here draws upon his experience as a magician, actor, director, producer, composer, and playwright, and analyzes the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere. He reveals his special techniq David Wood has been called by the London Times "the national children's dramatist." Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, Mr. Wood here draws upon his experience as a magician, actor, director, producer, composer, and playwright, and analyzes the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere. He reveals his special techniques for catching and holding a child's attention, provides a practical handbook illustrated with excerpts from his plays, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into them. He also examines the business side of children's theatre, showing exactly how a good synopsis will help to sell an idea. "The challenge," he writes, "is to give a unique theatrical experience to an audience, many of whom will be first-time theatergoers, to involve them emotionally, to sustain their interest in a story, to inspire and excite them using theatricality, to make them laugh, to make them think, to move them, to entertain and educate them by triggering their imaginations." This comprehensive guide written with Janet Grant is essential reading for professionals and amateurs alike and for anyone wishing to be involved in the theatre for children.


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David Wood has been called by the London Times "the national children's dramatist." Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, Mr. Wood here draws upon his experience as a magician, actor, director, producer, composer, and playwright, and analyzes the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere. He reveals his special techniq David Wood has been called by the London Times "the national children's dramatist." Presenting theatre for children as a separate art form, Mr. Wood here draws upon his experience as a magician, actor, director, producer, composer, and playwright, and analyzes the skills involved in entertaining and involving audiences of children everywhere. He reveals his special techniques for catching and holding a child's attention, provides a practical handbook illustrated with excerpts from his plays, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into them. He also examines the business side of children's theatre, showing exactly how a good synopsis will help to sell an idea. "The challenge," he writes, "is to give a unique theatrical experience to an audience, many of whom will be first-time theatergoers, to involve them emotionally, to sustain their interest in a story, to inspire and excite them using theatricality, to make them laugh, to make them think, to move them, to entertain and educate them by triggering their imaginations." This comprehensive guide written with Janet Grant is essential reading for professionals and amateurs alike and for anyone wishing to be involved in the theatre for children.

44 review for Theatre for Children: A Guide to Writing, Adapting, Directing, and Acting

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Wood offers a lot of practical tips based on his decades of experience working in children's theatre. Most of the book is dedicated to writing for children, but actors, directors and techs will also find it useful. Wood seems to specialize in large productions with full casts and sets (as opposed to small touring shows) but much of what he suggests is transferable. I'm glad I picked this one up. Wood offers a lot of practical tips based on his decades of experience working in children's theatre. Most of the book is dedicated to writing for children, but actors, directors and techs will also find it useful. Wood seems to specialize in large productions with full casts and sets (as opposed to small touring shows) but much of what he suggests is transferable. I'm glad I picked this one up.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Meers

    I found this book really helpful and it was very easy to read. The book covers all aspects of writing for children's theatre from writing an original play to adapting one as well as the business side. I also liked his sense of humour as its very similar to mine. He's clearly a man who enjoys what he does and he's right, there is nothing quite like the feel of watching children enjoy what you have produced and getting involved in it. I found this book really helpful and it was very easy to read. The book covers all aspects of writing for children's theatre from writing an original play to adapting one as well as the business side. I also liked his sense of humour as its very similar to mine. He's clearly a man who enjoys what he does and he's right, there is nothing quite like the feel of watching children enjoy what you have produced and getting involved in it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I LOVE THIS BOOK. David Wood repeats again and again that theatre for children is not bastard child of "real" theatre. Well...that's not exactly what he said, but you know what I mean. A man who loves what he does and it's obvious. He also aswers your email personally if you write him I LOVE THIS BOOK. David Wood repeats again and again that theatre for children is not bastard child of "real" theatre. Well...that's not exactly what he said, but you know what I mean. A man who loves what he does and it's obvious. He also aswers your email personally if you write him

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    Jonathan Horn

    A solid resource!

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